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Kauto Star to Work at Wincanton this Friday

Trainer Paul Nicholls said yesterday that Kauto Star will work after racing at Wincanton on Friday, March 9th in his bid to make the field for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday week.

Kauto Star
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Kauto Star

Wincanton gates open at midday with the first race off at 2pm and the last race at 5.30pm.

Entry is a noteworthy £10 for seven competitive races and a fabulous Festival insight. There’s also free entry for children under 18 when accompanied by an adult.

Kauto Star, ridden by Ruby Walsh, will work immediately after the last race - 5:30 TurfTV Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race – alongside Mon Parrain and Rowdy Rampage.

Nicholls, writing in his Betfaircolumn, says: "I can reveal that we have had a change of plan over the so-called 'D-Day' home gallop on Saturday. Kauto Star will now gallop after racing at Wincanton on Friday instead. He had a racecourse gallop before he won the Betfair Chase and I thought it a better idea to give him a spin, and a good workout, on the grass away from home.

"Everyone can make their own minds up as to how he looks and works. And if he does come through that okay, we will look to school him on Monday morning."

Nicholls added that Kauto Star, a top-priced 4-1 for the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup, was making further progress from the schooling fall he suffered last month.

Steve Parlett, Wincanton’s General Manager, adds: “Friday’s raceday theme is Legends of Cheltenham and we could not have asked for a greater legend that Kauto Star working on-course after racing. This truly is a fantastic opportunity for everyone passionate about racing and with a £10-admission fee, we anticipate a bumper crowd to take advantage of this awesome Kauto Star / Cheltenham Festival insight.”

For anyone who can’t attend, the all-important canter and reaction afterwards will be shown live and free-to-watch on .


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